We've traveled a bit to see family this season even though air travel has become somewhat of an athletic marathon. Over time it takes its toll on the luggage too, and it was time to retire my beloved Palm Springs carry-on, or at least get the zippers redone.
There's no such thing as TLC for beautiful suitcases and trunks anymore I'm sorry to say. But there is some pretty rugged stuff that is also aesthetically worthy if you're willing to pay the price.
We have been known to eccentrically hand carry a vintage piece or two, but a month long jag of travel on planes, trains, and automobiles, calls for something a little more serious and a little less folly.
Trouble is, mainstream manufacturers are making everything either in black, or in ugly. You have to tag bags conspicuously in order to distinguish your black bag at one glance from the rest on the luggage carousel.
But beautiful new luggage can bring back a little of the romance in modern travel, and make it a golden age of travel again.
This was my choice from Hartmann. Not quite Louis V, but much more accessible. And it still looks respectable nestled in among the other world-wise vintage leather cases once it's home. It makes me feel ready for a jaunt into a brave new year. . . .
I also returned home to the Country Living "white issue." These YUMMY custom leather tags from of-the-fountain.com were featured inside.
I'm still getting oriented and finding my bearings at home. The deck is still swaying on dry land! Thanks for all your good wishes for the New Year. I have a lot of catching up to do!
Best to you,
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